Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church held a taco and baked potato bar fundraiser for the Public Library of Catasauqua May 18 at its fellowship hall, 604 Fourth St.
“All the money we collected, we donated to the library,” Pastor Brian Riedy said.
The event had a bigger-than-expected crowd.
Rebecca Gillespie from Blondies prepared specialty desserts and her famous cupcakes.
The baked potato bar included all the expected toppings.
Tacos started out as hard shell and then went to soft shell as the evening wore on.
No one went away hungry.
The dream of turning Front Street into a hub of commerce and business in Catasauqua has become even more of a reality with the grand opening of Romero’s House of Style.
Shop owner Zack Romero has spent the past several months converting the former art gallery at 417 Front St. into a luxury barbershop. With the inclusion of a bourbon bar and cigar lounge, Romero hopes to emulate the personable atmosphere of classic barbershops, where customers are welcome to stick around and hang out.
Every year in May, Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel holds a yard sale to benefit the borough’s K-9 unit. This year, the event was held May 18.
“The weather was perfect,” she said, “and we had about 26 vendors at Fireman’s Field.”
And vendors were moving product in steady fashion.
Catasauqua resident Yasmine Ramos had everything marked at a dollar, including size 4 boys’ clothes.
“We have big sizes for boys, too,” she said.
Marianne Brodman said she has been coming to all the K-9 events for years.
Part of the discussion at the May 30 meeting of Main Streets, Catasauqua Borough’s business owners association, was the inconsistent application of building code violations.
“What we have seen is that the code enforcement officers go after minor violations and ignore larger problems,” association President Kimberly Brubaker said.
The meeting was held at Tony’s Top Cat, 607 Front St., Catasauqua, and owner Tony Castaneda had a situation to emphasize the point right next door.
The property at 605 Front St. is abandoned.
Following is a list of winning candidates in the primary election.
The names of the winners are bolded.
If a write-in candidate was the sole winner in a race, the race will not be mentioned here.
The Northampton County election summary report does not list the names of write-in candidates. They are listed only as “write-in.”
CATASAUQUA AREA SCHOOL BOARD
Carol A. Cunningham, Democrat, 223 votes
Lauren Cieslak, Democrat, 204 votes
Donald J. Panto II, Democrat, 194 votes
Catasauqua Borough community leaders met May 13 at Blocker’s Coffeehouse as part of their quarterly community meeting.
Two members of the committee, Pastors Doug Cronce and Scott Paradise, have moved out of Catasauqua.
Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler briefed everyone on the two school resource officers in the district. The district received a $400,000 grant to fund the officers and mental health services for two years. Students and families can use the health services over the summer. The police officers will be on patrol in the borough.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting June 3, borough Engineer Ron Gawlik announced the bids for the Front Street rehabilitation project. The project is designed to improve the look of sidewalks along two blocks of Front Street.
The borough received a $300,000 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grant for the project four years back. The grant was predicated on the borough providing matching funds at 30 percent. The estimated cost for the project was $400,000.
Fast forward to the present — the new bid came in at $650,000.
June 2 was the last service conducted at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, as the congregation closed the church with a 167-year history of serving Catasauqua.
Closing services were conducted by Bishop Rev. Samuel Zeiser, who presides over the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod. Pastor Brian Riedy, of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, was the officiate for the service. The Rev. Walter Wagner was the preaching pastor.
Dennis Yanek, a North Catasauqua Borough resident, made a complaint during North Catasauqua Borough Council’s June 3 meeting regarding an excess of stormwater runoff that accumulates in front of his property, at the corner of Green and Lincoln streets.
There’s an adage — if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
That was the message imparted to attendees of a program called Scam Jam: Fight Back held May 20 at Country Meadows Retirement Community, Bethlehem Township. The event, sponsored by AARP Pennsylvania and Country Meadows, was designed to help seniors protect themselves from frauds and scams.
“Remember, it’s your money, and some people will do anything they can to take it,” said Mary Bach, a consumer advocate who leads AARP Pennsylvania’s all volunteer Consumer Issues Task Force.